Harvard Business School Field-Based Learning More than 50 percent of HBS students take learning out of the classroom and into the workplace in faculty-supervised field-based learning. These field study and Individual Student Research projects are designed to help students deepen their knowledge in a particular area of interest. Field Study Field-based learning is typically conducted by teams of three or more students who work closely with a sponsoring organization and a faculty advisor. Projects may involve a product launch, new business development, or research aimed at solving a real- world problem. Sponsoring organizations range from small entrepreneurial ventures to large corporations, from manufacturers to nonprofits. Recent project sponsors include Disneyland, Cybersmith, BMW, Nike, Children's Hospital Boston, African Communications Group, and the New England Conservatory of Music. Teams have also developed their own business plans. Individual Student Research The Individual Student Research Project presents an opportunity for a student to study a specific topic of interest in depth under the close direction of a faculty member. In recent years, this learning experience has become more popular as students link independent field-based learning to their career planning and job search. Field-based learning is a remarkable opportunity for students to truly personalize their education as they make connections and gain experience in their chosen fields. 1
"The Harvard Business School Learning Organization Survey"